The new chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Prasoon Joshi who is a screenwriter, lyricist and poet kickstarts his work by banning Punjabi film, Toofan Singh. It’s been nearly two weeks since Prasoon appointed CBFC’s new chairman and he created a controversy by banning this film. But what is the reason behind its ban?
Film Toofan Singh is apparently the first film considered for certification under Prasoon Joshi’s leadership. The film is directed by Baghal Singh. The plot of the story is based on the hero Ranjit Bawa adopting terrorist tactics to fight corruption in the Indian bureaucracy and politics. Therefore, the film is banned on the grounds of excessive violence it features.
As per the statement, given by an inside source,
“Toofan Singh is a terrorist, who goes on a rampage killing corrupt cops and politicians. And they’ve compared him to Bhagat Singh. The film is brutal and anarchic. We couldn’t empathize with its message of brute power, let alone grant it a censor certificate.”
On an interesting note, Punjabi film Toofan Singh has already been released in the overseas markets.